Had this tinplate friction drive tank lurking in the bottom of a box for decades. Dibro brand, which is short for Dickinson Brothers a company based in Liverpool, UK which was active in many manufacturing sectors in the 20th century.
Missed a toyfair visit again earlier in the year due to being unwell. So with a bit of an effort, I made the most recent one. It was not well attended by either buyers or sellers and there was no opportunity to add to my Hornby 3-rail items.
So, a Matchbox 1-75 series ERF Horsebox (1957-64) and although it looks the same size (if not scale) what is actually a Matchbox Yesteryears series (first issue) Sentinel Steam Wagon…of about the same vintage. Outlay of ‘virtually no money at all’. Pleasing overall.
Finally managed to obtain a 1950s 3-rail loco at not too bad a price. Thus I now have a (very small) working layout.
I would have preferred one in LMS livery but they are harder to come by and usually more expensive. It makes a nice train-like clickety-clack noise probably due to almost every part being metal, unlike the plastic of later 2-rail systems. There’s something about these early Hornby products…they have more character than later models.
The wooden station is actually O-scale and came as an addition to a Hornby clockwork set. (Passenger set No. 21) many years ago.
Missed two visits to the toyfair (bit poorly) but managed to get to it on July 1st; possibly the warmest day I can remember. Still quite well attended by both sellers and buyers.
So a Hornby 0-6-0 Great Western pannier tank and a Ford 105E van for not much money. The loco needed a bit of TLC and a new copper ring for the top of the chimney. The Anglia van is I think supposed to be in British Relay livery but the graphics are very poor. Might have expected better from Oxford Die-casts. Also needed some fettling as the baseplate was loose.
The next visit was towards the end of August. Much cooler, thankfully and reasonably well-attended.
Which yielded a couple of bargain bin items and a quite nice (Corgi) BET single-deck bus in Oxford livery, for no money at all.
The ‘random’ bag of bits,
was once a Matchbox “Models of Yesteryear” series, Model T BP petrol tanker.
…it is again.
Lastly in October…chillier and really quite Autumnal…
Harrington Grenadier by EFE in (local firm) Timpson’s livery. Common sight on the roads to the West Country ‘back in the day’. Plus a 1950s Karrier Bantam dustcart by Matchbox in very poor condition but a ‘fun’ buy. Lastly a 1960s Dinky Toys Jaaaaag Mk X. Nice original, slightly playworn, condition and a steal at just £1. Needed tyres….not a problem. Poorly attended but was different in that a researcher for a publishing company was interested in talking to people about possible toy-related magazine ideas. It is unusual to see a lady at these, pretty much, male-oriented events. 😛
The rain held off and there was a reasonable selection of machinery for this year’s meeting back at the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May.
Particularly liked an awesome Cooper-Daimler V8 with a lady driver.
But spent far too much time inspecting a 1952 Aston-Butterworth Grand Prix with its unusual flat-4 engine. In reality it was unreliable and had a tendency to catch fire!!
Cockpit would give a modern GP driver nightmares for life!